Upgrades to flats in Ward 110 are set to cost more than R10 million. Last month, ward 110 councillor Shanen Rossouw told Peoples Post about the major upgrades to the flats in her ward (“Major upgrades for ward 110”, 5 November). According to the City, the staircases – which were in a dire state of disrepair – are being replaced to the tune of R8.4 million. The replacement of the old window frames with aluminium ones, which has already been carried out in many blocks, is set to cost about R2.65 million.Upcoming projects include replacement of the gutters and roofs, as well as painting of the exterior of the flat buildings.Resident Mogammat Petersen (87) says he’s lived in the same block of flats in Steenberg for 50 years. “The stairs were broken, the pole was broken and it was dangerous. We didn’t know if we were going to fall off the stairs or what,” he explains.The new staircases have been constructed from cement and have metal fixtures which can’t be vandalized and won’t deteriorate in the near future. Happy with the upgrades, he says: “I’m loving it, I’m loving the new stairs.”In addition to improving the look of the ward, Rossouw is still focused on creating a safer community through the installation of surveillance cameras.According to Rossouw, twelve cameras have been installed on the streets, as well as three to monitor the camera control centre.“The 15m poles that is being used for the cameras, are R120 000 for one. This is where the bulk of the money went to.”A budget of R300 000 has been set aside for the new cameras to be installed and completion is expected in May next year.